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Meet The Board Series: Joyce Jones, National Vice-President

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Updated: Sunday, September 9, 2018

 

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Welcome back to our Meet The Board Series!!

 

In this series, we would like to introduce you to the leaders of the national organization who work behind-the-scenes to keep the SNMA running!

 

Our next feature of this series is Joyce Jones, who serves as the National Vice-President for the 2018-2019 administrative year!

 

Email Address: vicepresident@snma.org

Joyce Jones is a fourth-year medical student at Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (RFUMS), North Chicago, Illinois. She is pursuing her Medical Degree {M.D.}, with interests in Family Medicine. Jones received a Bachelor’s of Science {B.S.} degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Currently, Ms. Jones is National Vice President of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA). She has held numerous positions with SNMA, including Region II Associate Regional Director, Chicago Medical School Chapter President, and was selected as a Future Leadership Project Fellow in 2016-2017.

With a strong service interest, Ms. Jones served three years as Community Service Coordinator for the Chicago Medical School Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG); is a student member of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) subcommittee for Educational Resources and Infrastructure; was as a Diversity and Inclusion Peer Mentor; and also a RFUMS Student Ambassador. She also volunteers at numerous mobile community care clinics focused on increasing access to care in underserved, low-income, minority communities.

Ms. Jones was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. From age nine, she lived in Highland Park, Illinois where she received her elementary and secondary schooling. In addition to her academic and leadership responsibilities, Ms. Jones enjoys traveling, spending time with family and loved ones, and loom knitting.

 

Be sure to stay tuned for the next feature of this series! And remember, make sure to visit us at snma.org/membership.php to join the SNMA if you haven't already! 

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Meet The Board Series: Toddchelle Young, Pre-Medical Board Member

Posted By Administration, Monday, September 10, 2018
Updated: Sunday, September 9, 2018

 

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Welcome back to our Meet The Board Series!!


In this series, we would like to introduce you to the leaders of the national organization who work behind-the-scenes to keep the SNMA running!


Our next feature of this series is Toddchelle Young, who serves as the Pre-Medical Board Member for the 2018-2019 administrative year!

 

Email Address: premedical@snma.org

Toddchelle graduated from Georgetown University with her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with Population Health Certificate and received her Masters in Public Health in Sociomedical Sciences with a Social Determinants of Health Certificate from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. She is currently completing prerequisites to apply to medical school for Fall 2020, having interests in Family Medicine. Toddchelle has been involved in harm reduction outreach, HIV/AIDS and breast cancer research, as well as her most recent international health work assisting with tuberculosis (TB) stigma research in South Africa. She currently works at the National Institute of Health, and will be transitioning to Georgetown University as Director of Research for the Hub for Equity and Innovation in Higher Education. Toddchelle enjoys travelling the world, braiding hair, and mentoring in her free time. She is from New Haven, CT and currently resides in North Bethesda, MD.

 

Be sure to stay tuned for the next feature of this series! And remember, make sure to visit us at snma.org/membership.php to join the SNMA if you haven't already! 

Tags:  #Excellence  #FutureDoctors  #Healthcare  #Inspiration  #Leadership  #LeadwithSNMA  #MedicalSchool  #Medicine  #MedStudent  #MeettheBoard  #Melanin  #MelaninDoc  #Membership  #MembershipDrive  #Mentorship  #MinoritiesInMedicine  #Minority  #MinorityDoctors  #Motivation  #Physician  #PreMed  #SNMA  #SNMA55th  #SNMAExcellence  #Underrepresented 

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Meet The Board Series: Damilola Olatunji, National Treasurer

Posted By Administration, Sunday, September 9, 2018

 

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Welcome back to our Meet The Board Series!!


In this series, we would like to introduce you to the leaders of the national organization who work behind-the-scenes to keep the SNMA running!


Our next feature of this series is Damilola Olatunji, who serves as the National Treasurer for the 2018-2019 administrative year!

 

Email Address: treasurer@snma.org

Damilola Olatunji is a 4th year medical student at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. She was born in Nigeria and moved to the United States (Atlanta, GA) at the age of 10. During her time as an undergraduate student at Brown University, she was actively involved in the university’s dance, service and leadership communities. She was a Residential Peer Leader, served as a Co-Director of one of the university’s dance companies, and served as the President of the Lambda Iota Chapter of one of the nation’s leading service organizations - Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. She graduated from Brown University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2011.

 

After earning her degree, Dami received a highly competitive Post-baccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award from the National Institutes of Health through which she worked as a Research Fellow and Patient Care Coordinator for the Pediatrics and Developmental Neuroscience Branch of the National Institute of Mental Health. In 2013, she attended Georgetown University and earned a Master of Science degree in Physiology and Biophysics. Dami matriculated at The Ohio State University College of Medicine in 2015 and has been an active member of her medical school community, maintaining involvement and holding several leadership positions in organizations such as OSUCOM’s chapter of The Student National Medical Association, 5-2-1-0 Healthy Kids, and The Student Council.

 

Prior to being elected as the National Treasurer of The SNMA, she served as a Chapter Treasurer during her 2nd year of medical school and a Regional Treasurer (Region 5) during her 3rd year. Dami will acquire her M.D in May 2019 after which she looks forward to commencing her residency training in the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology. In her free time (if such a thing exists in medical school), Dami loves indulging in Talenti Gelato while catching up on her favorite TV shows including Queen Sugar, Grey’s Anatomy, The Blacklist, The Flash and Arrow – just to name a few. 

 

Be sure to stay tuned for the next feature of this series! And remember, make sure to visit us at snma.org/membership.php to join the SNMA if you haven't already!

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Meet The Board Series: Amma Boakye, National Secretary

Posted By Administration, Saturday, September 8, 2018
Updated: Saturday, September 8, 2018

 

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Welcome back to our Meet The Board Series!!

In this series, we would like to introduce you to the leaders of the national organization who work behind-the-scenes to keep the SNMA running!

Our next feature of this series is Amma Boakye, who serves as the National Secretary for the 2018-2019 administrative year!

 

Email Address: secretary@snma.org

Amma Boakye is from Dayton, OH by way of State College, PA. She went to college at Wright State University for Exercise Biology and began the slow, calculated move out west to Indianapolis, IN, where she attends medical school at Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She’s a fourth year, and it’s the best year—she hopes to be a med-peds hospitalist in the future.

Aside from long walks on the beach, she enjoys all things art related (especially photography), music, writing on her shared blog Absurdities and Degenerates, and travel. She’s a french fry connoisseur who believes in dipping your fries in your frosty.

 

Be sure to stay tuned for the next feature of this series! And remember, make sure to visit us at snma.org/membership.php to join the SNMA if you haven't already! 

Tags:  #Excellence  #FutureDoctors  #Healthcare  #Inspiration  #Leadership  #LeadwithSNMA  #MedicalSchool  #Medicine  #MedStudent  #MeettheBoard  #Melanin  #MelaninDoc  #Membership  #MembershipDrive  #Mentorship  #MinoritiesInMedicine  #Minority  #MinorityDoctors  #Motivation  #Physician  #PreMed  #SNMA  #SNMA55th  #SNMAExcellence  #Underrepresented 

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Meet The Board Series: DaShawn Hickman, Speaker of the House of Delegates

Posted By Administration, Friday, September 7, 2018
Updated: Thursday, September 6, 2018

 

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Welcome back to our Meet The Board Series!!

In this series, we would like to introduce you to the leaders of the national organization who work behind-the-scenes to keep the SNMA running!

Our next feature of this series is DaShawn Hickman, who serves as the Speaker of the House of Delegates for the 2018-2019 administrative year!

 

Email Address: speaker@snma.org

DaShawn Hickman is from Columbia, South Carolina and earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Yale University and Masters in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University. He is a seventh-year student in the Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD) at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He works in the lab of Dr. Anirban Sen Gupta where he focuses of engineering hemostatic nanoparticles and translating them to the clinic. He is currently the Student National Medical Association NBME Trustee and has served as Chairperson of the Board of Directors, the Region 5 Director, Internal Affairs Committee Co-Chair, and President of his Chapter. At CWRU, DaShawn is actively involved with diversity and inclusion initiatives including serving as a Bias Reporting System team member, serving on the Listening Tour Steering Committee, facilitating Diversity 360, President of QGrad, and serving on the LGBTQA committee. 

 

Be sure to stay tuned for the next feature of this series! And remember, make sure to visit us at snma.org/membership.php to join the SNMA if you haven't already! 

Tags:  #Excellence  #FutureDoctors  #Healthcare  #Inspiration  #Leadership  #LeadwithSNMA  #MedicalSchool  #Medicine  #MedStudent  #MeettheBoard  #Melanin  #MelaninDoc  #Membership  #MembershipDrive  #Mentorship  #MinorityDoctors  #Motivation  #Physician  #PreMed  #SNMA  #SNMA55th  #SNMAExcellence  #Underrepresented 

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Meet The Board Series: Marika V. Tate, National Parliamentarian

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 6, 2018

 

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Welcome to our Meet The Board Series!!

In this series, we would like to introduce you to the leaders of the national organization who work behind-the-scenes to keep the SNMA running!

Our first feature of this series is Marika V. Tate, who serves as the National Parliamentarian for the 2018-2019 administrative year!

 

Email Address: parliamentarian@snma.org

Marika V. Tate is a proud native of Detroit, MI. She earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Biology from The Johns Hopkins University and is currently in her fourth year of medical school at Howard University College of Medicine (HUCM). In her three years at HUCM she has been a very active member in the Howard Chapter of the SNMA, Howard University Student Society for Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the HUCM Student Council. Upon graduation she plans on pursuing a career in obstetrics and gynecology with a focus on working with underserved populations. Her interests include mentorship, health education, maternal health, increasing the number of underrepresented minorities in medicine, and learning about the African diaspora.

 

Be sure to stay tuned for the next feature of this series! And remember, make sure to visit us at snma.org/membership.php to join the SNMA if you haven't already! 

Tags:  #Excellence  #FutureDoctors  #Healthcare  #Inspiration  #Leadership  #MedicalSchool  #Medicine  #MedStudent  #Melanin  #MelaninDoc  #Membership  #MembershipDrive  #Mentorship  #MinoritiesInMedicine  #Minority  #MinorityDoctors  #Motivation  #Physician  #PreMed  #SNMA  #STEM  #Underrepresented 

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SNMA Membership Drive!

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, September 5, 2018

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Allow us to introduce you to the SNMA Membership Drive!!! 

Throughout the course of this month, we will be showcasing the SNMA through various posts that highlight our amazing members and all of the inspiring work that they do! Our hope is that the flurry of posts that you’ll see from us during this drive will motivate you to not only do great work at your institutions and in your communities, but to also share with others the work that the organization does!

To all of our current dues-paid members, we thank you so much for helping sustain the awesome entity that is the SNMA. You are greatly appreciated! If you are not a dues-paid member yet, we HIGHLY encourage you to join us by visiting us at http://www.snma.org/membership.php !

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#SNMAExcellence Series: Simon Ndley, MD

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Welcome back to our #SNMAExcellence Series!

In this series, we are going to be routinely featuring both SNMA chapters and members that have displayed excellence through academic endeavors, community service, leadership roles, and/or research activities. If you feel that you or your chapter represents the excellence that the SNMA upholds on a daily basis, go on ahead and fill out this form! #SNMAExcellence

 

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Name: Simon Ndley, M.D.

Hometown: Brooklyn Park, Minnesota

Undergraduate Institution: University of Minnesota – Twin Cities

College Major: Major – Biochemistry; Minor – Sociology

Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School

Favorite Quote: "Anxiety is just suffering early.”

Contact Information: Ndley007@umn.edu


Our third feature in the #SNMAExcellence series is Simon Ndley, M.D., a Pediatrics intern training in the University of Minnesota Pediatric Residency Program! Dr. Ndley attended the University of Minnesota Medical School, where he was an active member of the SNMA not only on the local level, but on the regional and national levels as well by serving as the Region II Director! As the Region II Director, he helped to fortify his region’s presence in the organization as well as his chapter’s presence in its surrounding community. He also played a large role in helping direct the future of the national organization during his two-year position while at the same time taking advantage of the many benefits that the organization has to offer, those of which include companionship with like-minded individuals, mentorship from experienced professionals, and valuable lessons in leadership, communication and balance, amongst other things. With all that he has learned and accomplished as a student-leader in medical school, Dr. Ndley is sure to achieve amazing things as he continues to forge his path in medicine! #SNMAExcellence

 

Where are you currently at in your career path and why did you decide to pursue this career path?

I am currently a Pediatric intern with the University of Minnesota Pediatric Residency Program. I have aspired to be a physician for as long as I can remember. When I was young, I was my father’s right-hand man around the house. I would help him fix everything that needed to be fixed, from the broken television to the cracked stair rail. It was something I loved to do. When I learned that a physician, in many ways helps “fix” people, I was fascinated by the thought.

How is your chapter exhibiting #SNMAExcellence?

The Twin-Cities Chapter has been a consistently strong chapter in Region II. I am proud of the continued work that we do in our local community. We continue to grow a strong presence in Region II, with members seeing the value of the SNMA and getting more involved as regional members. We have consistently had at least 3 members on the Regional board over the past 3 years. We have also garnered significant support from our home institution and have repeatedly been able to send a growing number of students to partake in AMEC and experience all the SNMA has to offer.

What is your biggest accomplishment in medical school to date?

My biggest accomplishment would have to be finishing medical school and matching into residency. We should all have faith in ourselves that if we start this journey towards medicine, we have the strength, will and intelligence to see it through. However, looking back at the various things I had to endure during my time in medical school, it is a very rewarding experience seeing that hard work pay off and being able to matriculate to the next step.


How has the SNMA impacted your medical school experience?


SNMA has provided a family for me, consisting of like-minded individuals with similar backgrounds doing AMAZING things. It provided a sense of comfortability and belonging in a medical community. I am grateful for the time I spent with my chapter, region, and national board!

If you could go back and have a chat with your college freshman self, what would you tell him?

I would tell him to follow your own path and do not be distracted by others. You can and should seek advice, guidance, and support, but the way you will achieve your goals is individualistic to you. Just because someone else did things a certain way, does not mean you have to. Take comfort in that. Use their experiences as guides, not gospel.

What is a major challenge you have had to overcome and how did you do so?

Being a part of a program such as medicine is a large undertaking. It is important to recognize that medical school is a heightened level of academic rigor that can have an impact on your mental health. It is important to be cognizant that certain coping mechanisms for stress may not be appropriate anymore. Be honest with yourself and utilizes the resources available to you to make sure health and wellness is also a priority of yours!

What advice would you give to someone getting ready to start their application process to medical schools?

Submit your application as early as you can. Most schools admit on a roll-in basis. You give yourself the best chance of acquiring an interview spot if you apply earlier rather than later. Also, your path to medical school is yours. I encourage you to continuously work with a premed advisor and be confident with your application before you apply. If that means some gap years, then so be it. Medicine will always be there and you will hopefully acquire more experiences that will better you as a physician and person.

Did you take some time off before medical school? If so, what did you do during that time?

Yes, I took one gap year. I worked as a Freshman Admissions Counselor for the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities Admissions Office. I contacted and built relationships with prospective students to assist in their U of M – Twin Cities college preparations. I also planned engaging events throughout the year to facilitate prospective students and maintain their interest in the U of M. There, I practiced my empathetic and communications skills as I worked with students and their families. I learned many tools that have prepared me for a career in medicine.

What is it like attending school in your city?

Minnesota is great. Come here.

 

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#SNMAExcellence Series: Yamira Bell

Posted By Administration, Friday, July 13, 2018

Welcome back to our newly-installed #SNMAExcellence Series!

In this series, we are going to be routinely featuring both SNMA chapters and members that have displayed excellence through academic endeavors, community service, leadership roles, and/or research activities. If you feel that you or your chapter represents the excellence that the SNMA upholds on a daily basis, go on ahead and fill out this form! #SNMAExcellence

 

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Name: Yamira Bell

Hometown: Easton, PA

Undergraduate Institution: Columbia University

College Major: Evolutionary Biology

Medical School: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Favorite Quote: "But be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." - Romans 12:2

Contact Informationyamirabell@snma.org

Additional Links: 
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Our second feature in the #SNMAExcellence series is Yamira Bell, a fourth-year medical student attending the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine who is also the new SNMA-Kaiser Permanente Fellow! The inaugural SNMA-Kaiser Fellowship she received is a unique position for a physician-in-training student to spend a year augmenting their formal medical training with the opportunity to delve deeply into critical issues affecting access to affordable, quality healthcare, global health equity, diversity in the healthcare workforce, and medical professionalism. She is an MD/MPH candidate, a decision that she recently made after coming to the conclusion that she needed to learn more about the methods in which systemic issues within communities could be solved. She is also an active member of the SNMA, having participated in various community outreach programs with her chapter and attending both regional and national events in order to not only expand her network, but also further cultivate her leadership skills. She hopes to use the lessons that she learns from her integrated studies and from her experiences in the SNMA-Kaiser Fellowship to help directly influence positive changes in the lives of many people throughout her future career! #SNMAExcellence

 

Where are you currently at in your career path and why did you decide to pursue this career path?

I am an MD/MPH candidate, in my fourth year of medical school. I recognized that there were very few black or AA doctors in my community. As I further understood the implications, I decided to pursue an MD because I wanted to be part of changing that narrative. In the middle of my third year I felt like my medical education was not complete. I did not feel like I had the tools to solve the greater systemic issues, so I decided to pursue an MPH to learn how to effectively treat communities.

How is your chapter exhibiting #SNMAExcellence?

My chapter exhibits #SNMAExcellence because we are all about serving and interacting with our community. We connect with other minority professional groups/organizations coming together to celebrate our excellence, grieve, party, and brainstorm solutions to our community specific problems. We have multiple community outreach programs. Our most unique program is Healthy Minds, an after-school mentoring program developed by Pitt SNMA students that provides underserved youth in Pittsburgh an opportunity to learn about other important aspects of their health!

What is your biggest accomplishment in medical school to date?

Completing third year. It was a doozy!


How has the SNMA impacted your medical school experience?

My SNMA chapter has been a huge support system. Upperclassmen have provided me with invaluable guidance and many of my friends from other classes, I met through SNMA. Because of SNMA, I have had the privilege of serving as a leader and growing my leadership skills in a safe environment on both the regional and chapter levels. Finally, by attending national events, I have been able to grow my social and professional networks simultaneously while reconnecting with old friends. SNMA has truly shaped every aspect of my medical experience and I am excited to be able to further my participation within this organization.

What did you do the summer before you started medical school?

The summer before medical school, I did the prologue pre-matriculation program offered by my medical school. It was a great opportunity to get some free books, get acclimated to my living environment, make some friends, and get just enough of a glimpse of what lay ahead.

What were some of your involvements in college? Have those involvements helped you in any way in medical school?

In college I ran track. This gave me an appreciation for working out and being in shape. Not that I am now, but it is definitely always something I am working towards. Also, at times, running has served as a respite from the stress of school.

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#SNMAExcellence Series: Maseray S. Kamara, MD

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, June 5, 2018

 

We would like to present to you our newly-installed #SNMAExcellence Series!

In this series, we are going to be routinely featuring both SNMA chapters and members that have displayed excellence through academic endeavors, community service, leadership roles, and/or research activities. If you feel that you or your chapter represents the excellence that the SNMA upholds on a daily basis, go on ahead and fill out this form! #SNMAExcellence

 

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Name: Maseray S. Kamara, MD

Hometown: Woodbridge, VA

Undergraduate Institution: Princeton University

College Major: Molecular Biology

Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Favorite Quote: "It always seems impossible until it's done." - Nelson Mandela

Contact Information: maseraykam@gmail.com

Additional Links: Instagram - @drkamara

 

Dr. Maseray S. Kamara is our first feature in the #SNMAExcellence series! Dr. Kamara graduated from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine this May and will be a categorical, general surgery resident physician at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University starting in July! She was recently honored by the United States Public Health Service as the 2018 recipient of the Excellence of Public Health Award on behalf of the US Surgeon General. She was recognized for her community service, leadership, and research which spanned from her Princeton Senior thesis on sickle cell disease in Sierra Leone to organizing water drives for the Flint Water Crisis, to serving as the Issue Editor of the AMA Journal of Ethics 'Clean Water Access and the Roles of Clinicians' issue. She, like many students and physicians in the SNMA, is committed to using her education and talents to serve the medically underserved. In the future, she hopes to practice public health surgery: practicing in a medically underserved area in the US, developing symbiotic partnerships with hospital facilities in a developing country, and writing for both academic and public consumption. #SNMAExcellence

  

Where are you currently at in your career path and why did you decide to pursue this career path?

I graduated from medical school in May 2018 and will be a categorical, general surgery resident physician at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University starting in July! Ultimately, I chose surgery because I am enamored with the ability to apply physiologic and anatomical principles to solve pathologic puzzles that directly impact the lives and medical outcomes of my patients. In the future, I hope to practice public health surgery: practicing in a medically underserved area in the US, developing symbiotic partnerships with hospital facilities in a developing country, and writing for both academic and public consumption.

How is your chapter exhibiting #SNMAExcellence?

The MSU CHM Executive Board puts on an annual Reach Out to Youth event. Medical students host workshops for elementary students (focusing on nutrition and exercise) and their parents (focusing on maximizing the health and education of their children). It's a phenomenal community event that makes me proud to be SpartyMD and a member of SNMA! #SNMAExcellence

What is your biggest accomplishment in medical school to date?

I am absolutely honored to be the 2018 recipient of the United States Public Health Services' Excellence of Public Health Award. I was presented the award by Lieutenant Snyder on behalf of the United States Surgeon General. It was amazing to be recognized for my community service, leadership, and research which spanned from my Princeton Senior thesis on sickle cell disease in Sierra Leone to organizing water drives for the Flint Water Crisis, to serving as the Issue Editor of the AMA Journal of Ethics 'Clean Water Access and the Roles of Clinicians' issue. I, like many students and physicians in the SNMA, am committed to using my education and talents to serve the medically underserved. It was surreal to be recognized for work that I am passionate and excited about, and I hope to continue serving my communities in line with the great legacy of the SNMA.

How has the SNMA impacted your medical school experience?

The Annual Medical Education Conference (AMEC) is an empowering and rejuvenating experience. The formal meetings and topics discussed are uplifting. The fellowship with underrepresented minority pre-medical students, medical students, and physicians from across the nation reminded me that I am not alone in this medical journey - though I may feel that way at times. The display of success in research, business, community service, and leadership served as a mirror of the possibilities for my life. There is power in representation and community, making AMEC a phenomenal conference.

What do you do to get through the stressful nature of school?

As we know, medical school is grueling. It's tough. There are trying days and long clinical and study days. But, it is important that we do the things we love, and TAKE A BREAK. I recharge by talking on the phone (hello, somebody!), bargain shopping (something about the mall is so therapeutic), writing (my journal is the real MVP), listening to motivational YouTube speeches (Auntie Oprah and Eric Thomas hold me down) and bumming it in the living room with family or friends.

Do you have any passions outside of school? If so, what are they?

I am passionate about writing. I want to share my story, as well as the underrepresented stories of others. I want my words to empower individuals and inspire analysis of our society. And, while medical training is fulfilling, I decided to go for it - forget waiting to become an accomplished physician to write about my experiences and connect with people through prose. I decided to actively work towards my dream of writing for public consumption. Since making this commitment, I have written numerous articles which have been published in KevinMD, In-Training Magazine, Doximity, the AMA Journal of Ethics, and more. I even was recognized as In-Training Magazine's Top 10 Article of 2017! I will admit, being "fearless in the pursuit of what sets [my] soul of fire" feels absolutely wonderful! (Adapted from my KevinMD article "Stop letting delayed gratification steal your joy")

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